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A Bereaved Parent’s Guide to the Holidays

Holidays2by Susan McKechnie, CKN Childhood Cancer Awareness and Advocacy Section Co-Editor

Whether you are a newly bereaved parent or one with a few years of ‘experience’ under your belt, the holidays are always tough.  People in general are full of holiday cheer, running around buying that perfect gift in anticipation of surprised, smiling faces opening them on Christmas morning. Those of us in the ‘experienced’ category remain wistful during the holiday season but have glimpses of hope and cheer. For parents still weighed down by the mire of grief, the holidays are an emotional rollercoaster that no-one who hasn’t been through it, can truly understand.


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Bereaved Parents and PTSD

SuzanneLeigh3by Suzanne Leigh


It was a routine medical check-up. I needed vitals, a blood draw and a review of my prescription meds. I wasn’t scared. Despite the loss of my daughter I am healthy and fit with the blood pressure of an athlete. And even if a sneaky malevolent cancer were to surface, while hugely inconvenient, it would not make me feel extraordinarily burdened. (This, apparently, is normal in newly bereaved parents.)

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